Listening to the grass grow

If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel’s heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence.
-George Elliot

The lilacs are now in bloom, alive with the movements of bees and wasps, their scent filling the air.

And less than a month ago (April 30th), they had just begun.

I went for a walk in the forest today. In the area where the May Apples grow, the forest floor was carpeted in them. May Apples and Wild Geraniums, both native plants in this area, were in bloom.

May Apple

Wild Geranium

31 Responses to “Listening to the grass grow”
  1. montucky says:

    A wonderful selection of photos, Cait! Each one is gorgeous. I love the May Apples, a plant that we don’t have here but I wish we did. Our Geraniums are in bloom now too, a slightly different species I think, but also pretty. Our lilacs are approaching full bloom just in time for Memorial Day. What a beautiful time of year!

  2. Love these, Cait! And the quote!

  3. Meanderer says:

    These photographs are wonderful. I especially like your lilac macro – it’s a super shot!

  4. Sybil says:

    Lovely photos. You are a couple of weeks ahead of us as this year spring is very late. Your images remind me of what is yet to come.

    Do you press your face into the lilac blooms and just BREATHE IT IN ?

  5. John Wackman says:

    Spring is such a great time in the woods–when the sunlight reaches the forest floor. Earlier this month hiking the A.T. in New England–from the ridge top trail I had a hawk’s-eye view down through the tree-tops just leafing out. Exquisite!

  6. sandy says:

    OMG, these are beautiful. And thank you very much. Now I know we have mayapples here, too. Your macros are amazing.

  7. Awww, I want to live in those flowers like that ant in your first photo. Lovely, blessed spring.

  8. Lisa says:

    Spring, the season of hope. The George Eliot quote captures this feeling perfectly too. The forest pictures is so lovely, it makes me want to climb into the picture and stay there!

  9. donald says:

    you are so much ahead of us here on the coast of maine. with all the rain, drizzle and fog we have had for the last 3 weeks, i CAN listen to the grass grow here! now if it would just dry out so i can mow it! great shots, as always.

  10. It may be the wonders of spring, but you bring something else to the season in your images, Cait! A generous and sensual meeting with the colours that define it. Thanks so much for this delightful glimpse into the floral world!

  11. missusk76 says:

    Beautiful images, Cait! You do your macro lens proud. The details and colours are truly exquisite.

  12. Barbara says:

    I love the wild geranium photo and the George Eliot quote perfectly expresses the intensity of feeling your gorgeous pictures evoke!

  13. I love may apple! That’s quite a bit in your photo.

  14. Heather says:

    Gorgeous work! I love the clarity of your macros and your choice of composition. I enjoy looking at the world up close and you’ve really drawn us in with this post. We don’t have may apple in Manitoba, so it’s nice to see what they look like.

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